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School Choices: True and False

reviewed by Kevin R. Kosar - 2004

coverTitle: School Choices: True and False
Author(s): John Merrifield
Publisher: The Independent Institute, Oakland, CA
ISBN: 0945999860, Pages: 97, Year: 2002
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John Merrifield’s School Choices: True and False is, indubitably, the punchiest book by an economist that I have read. The prose is crisp, the footnotes minimal (less than 50), and one can saw through its 73 pages of text in an evening. School Choices: True and False appears to be an adaptation of his lengthier The School Choice Wars (Scarecrow Press, 2001). Merrifield’s big point, which he makes repeatedly, is that for all the chatter about school choice, America has yet to really give it a try. “Current parental choice programs and nearly all the prominent choice proposals are too small and contain too many restrictions to harness market forces effectively” (p. 2). The “modest voucher, tax credit, and public school choice programs (including charter schools) widely touted as experiments lack nearly all of the key requirements for competition.” (p. 45). This is true. Whether we speak of the Milwaukee , Cleveland , or any other so called experimental choice program,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 2, 2004, p. 326-328
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11158, Date Accessed: 9/28/2021 4:13:50 AM

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  • Kevin Kosar
    Library of Congress
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    KEVIN R. KOSAR is an Analyst in American National Government at the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Politics at New York University. He is the author of Failing Grades: The Federal Politics of Eduction Standards (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2005). His commentaries and writings on education policy and politics may be found at http://www.kevinrkosar.com.
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